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Beechcraft Model 99

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Ameriflight Beech C99 takes off from the Mojave Airport
Ameriflight Beech C99 takes off from the Mojave Airport

Beechcraft Model 99
Beechcraft Model 99

The Beechcraft Model 99 is a civilian aircraft produced by the Beech Aircraft Corporation (previously the Beechcraft Division of Raytheon and now a unit of Hawker Beechcraft). It is also known as the Beech 99 Airliner and the Commuter 99. The 99 is a twin-engined, unpressurized, 17-seat/15 passenger turboprop aircraft, derived from earlier Beechcraft King Air and Queen Air, using the wings of the Queen Air, and the engines and nacelles of the King Air, and sub-systems from both, and with a unique nose structure used only on the 99.


Designed in the 1960s as a replacement for the Beechcraft Model 18 its first flight was in July 1966. It received type certification on May 2, 1968, and sixty-two aircraft were delivered by the end of the year.

In 1984, the Beechcraft 1900, a pressurized 19-passenger airplane, was the follow on aircraft.

Production ended in 1986. Nearly half the Beech 99s in airline service are now operated as freighters by Ameriflight.


  • 99: (10,400 lb max takeoff weight, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines flat rated at 550 hp)
  • 99A: (same as 99, but PT6A-27 engines flat rated at 550 HP)
  • A99A: (one of a kind, 99A without wing center section tanks; this aircraft has been scrapped)
  • B99 Airliner: (10,900 lb max takeoff weight, PT6A-27 engines flat rated at 680 hp)
  • B99 Executive:
  • C99 Commuter: 11,300 lb (5,100 kg) max takeoff weight, PT6A-36 engines flat rated at 715 hp)



In August 2006 a total of 134 Beech 99 aircraft remain in airline service. Major operators include: Alpine Air Express (14), Ameriflight (57) and Wiggins Airways (11). Some 25 other airlines operate smaller numbers of the type.



Specifications (Model 99A)

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General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: Normally 15 passengers (8-seat 'Business Executive' model available)
  • Length: 44 ft 6¾ in (13.58 m)
  • Wingspan: 45 ft 10½ in (13.98 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 4⅓ in (4.37 m)
  • Wing area: 279.7 ft² (25.99 m²)
  • Empty weight: 5,533 lb (varies depending upon equipment and configuration) (2,515 kg)
  • Loaded weight: <!10400 lb (99 and 99A)l 10900 lb (B99 and aircraft modified with Beech Kit 99-5014); 11300 lb (C99)> ()
  • Max takeoff weight: 10,400, 10,900, or 11,300 lb -- see above (4,727 kg)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney PT6A-20, -27. or -36 turboprop Hartzell constant speed, feathering, and reversing, 550, 680, 0r 715 eshp depending upon model/mod status (487 kW) each


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Published in July 2009.

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